Belles Hot Chicken | CBD

closed
Galleria
385 Bourke St

Melbourne , 3000 VIC
(03) 9670 7478


Opening Hours

SUN 10:00am - 10:00pm
MON 10:00am - 10:00pm
TUE 10:00am - 10:00pm
WED 10:00am - 10:00pm
THU 10:00am - 10:00pm
FRI 10:00am - 10:00pm
SAT 10:00am - 10:00pm

The Details

Cuisine
  • American
Need to Know
  • Function Space
  • Good for Groups
Serving
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dessert
In the mood for
  • Beer
  • Wine

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The Verdict

If you see people running screaming through the CBD, chugging gallons of milk and sweating through their overcoats, don’t panic. They’ve probably just eaten at the brand new Belles Hot Chicken.

Yep, Morgan McGlone has just opened his first ever CBD venue (technically, the Collins Place Belles is in Docklands). You’ll find this one on Bourke St, and the décor might surprise you—Adelaide-based creative James Brown (the guy who designed Africola, Hotel Jesus, Motel Mexicola) has introduced a more sophisticated style.

Bourke St Belles looks like a cross between a wine bar and an American diner. They might be taking some design cues from Morgan’s other new venue, Natural History. Expect Art Deco tile-work, Formica table-tops, dark-stained timber benches, and maroon leather booths. You can tell this is ‘grown-up Belles’.

The Bourke St menu is a little different too, and this is where the tongue-scorching, people-running-through-the-streets thing comes in. Morgan has unleashed a sizzling new sixth heat level, one beyond ‘Really F**king Hot’. It’s called ‘Sex Panther’, and it sounds terrifying. It’s also exclusive to the CBD store—you can’t get it at any other Belles.

The trick to 'Sex Panther' is ordering a single chicken tender. If you commit to an entire plate of wings, you're in for some serious pain. It arrives on the table a violent, angry looking crimson. As advertised, it was really fucking painful. 

Our other menu highlight? Morgan's epic chicken nuggets. They’re crispy, crunchy, spicy as hell, served on classic Belles white bread with salty pickles. Definitely the frontrunner for Best Nuggets In Melbourne (sorry, Maccas). Pair that with the new Hickory-smoked BBQ sauce, a twist on Belles' classic peach BBQ sauce. 

“Belles nuggets are bite-size pieces of hot chicken excellence and perfect for sharing while enjoying a glass of natural wine, or as a side with our famous spicy chicken sandwich,” Morgan says.

You can get your usual range of Belles froths at Bourke St, but the crew is also introducing something new: a collaborative wine dubbed ‘The Party Blend’. It’s been created by group bevvy Director Christian Robertson and minimal-intervention winemaker Rob Burley (from Unkel Wines).

Check this place out in The Galleria on Bourke St. Just watch out for that Sex Panther...

Image credit: Belles Hot Chicken 


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